We saw how to use the mouse to copy Command Prompt text to the Windows Clipboard, by enabling the Quick Edit option in Command Prompt shortcut properties. What if you don’t use a desktop shortcut to open Command Prompt, and rather run cmd.exe directly? Here is a registry edit which enables Quick Edit option by default for Command Prompt. This works regardless of the methods you use to open the Command Prompt window.
This article was edited on Sep 24 2009 to include the method suggested by reader Mike (Thanks, Mike. I’ve clearly overlooked the GUI option.)
Enable Quick Edit by default in Command Prompt
Using the GUI
1. Open a Command Prompt window (cmd.exe)
2. Bring up the menu by clicking the top left corner (or press ALT + Spacebar)
3. Click Defaults
4. In the Options tab, place a checkmark near Quick Edit Mode
5. Click OK.
Using the Registry Editor
1. Launch Regedit.exe and navigate to:
2. Double-click QuickEdit and set its value data to 1
3. Exit the Registry Editor.
This has been tested in Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7, and may work in other Windows Operating Systems as well.
To automate the above steps, download quickedit.zip and run the enclosed REG file.
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